KNAPPA — The Knappa School District could soon have an extra $80,000 to $100,000 in its coffers.
Vinson Brothers Construction are logging approximately 250,000 board feet of timber on a plot of land the school district owns across U.S. Highway 30 from its campus.
The school district has long been looking at how to use the land, about 13 acres that is mostly undevelopable because of a ravine running through the middle. The land was left to Knappa after it split with neighboring Clatskanie School District in the late 1990s.
The Knappa School Board recently decided to log the land before deciding how to dispose of it. A previous bid of around $35,000 had been rejected as too low.
“I think they will want to seek community and staff input around the needs of the district and how best they can utilize the funds for all students,” said Paulette Johnson, the superintendent of Knappa, about how the school board will use the money from the timber sale.
Bud Henderson, a retired local forester who worked with Hampton Affiliates, was contracted to help the school district prepare for the timber sale. Cascade Hardwoods in Chehalis, Washington, bought the timber, he said, and will send it for processing to regional mills in Warrenton, Clatskanie and Tillamook.
The school district spent $1,900 to purchase about 120 nearby trees from the state Department of Transportation and will sell them for a similar value.
The work is scheduled to be finished before the start of school next year, Johnson said. If the land is sold later on, it will probably be as one parcel, she said.